After posting my MCM Buffet, (which sold to a wonderful couple from the UK yesterday) I recieved an email asking me what type of roller is best for painiting furniture.
First off, I don’t often use rollers to restyle my furniture. A regular ol’ paint brush and my spray-gun are my go-to’s. But when I do roll… this is how I roll… (big smile)! I make sure to choose a roller that doesn’t leave any fuzzies – like those textured rollers do, or show ugly roller marks – like those cheap spongy rollers do!
The best roller for painting furniture is a High Density Foam Roller with a Rounded Edge. I look for brands that are used by contractors for cabinets, trim and doors. These rollers also indicate ‘fine/smooth’ finish on the package. These high density foam rollers won’t leave air bubbles or fuzzies in your painted furniture’s finish!
Here are 9 tips to help you get a smooth finish when using a roller:
1. Foam rollers come in 4″-6″ and choosing the correct size for your job is helpful.
2. Pre-load your foam roller with product before you start to paint. A fully loaded roller reduces the risk of uneven paint application which reduces roller marks and flashing. (Flashing is when paint is applied or dries unevenenly and the finish appears to have different sheens or textures once dry.)
3. Use a good quality paint that lays and evens out nicely. Don’t be afraid to thin the paint down with small amounts of water to make the paint flow and distribute smoothly.
4. Floetrol (for latex) or Penetrol (for oil) are two products that can also be added to your paint to slow down the dry time and allow the paint to lay nice and even for a smooth finish.
5. Leave a wet edge to roll into otherwise you may experience roller marks or flashing.
6. Use the weight of the roller and very light pressure to roll on your paint. If you apply too much pressure it will result in roller marks.
7. Roll in one direction so you get an even painted surface.
8. Don’t over work the paint. Roll a few times to distribute your paint and then let the paint level and do it’s thing.
9. High density foam paint rollers are reusable. To keep them in good shape so that you can use them over and over again, after painting, rinse with warm water and squeeze most of the paint out. Then wash with a mild soap and water and let dry.
Have any questions about painting furniture with a roller? Do you have any tips or paint methods you’d like to share? Chime in because I always love hearing from you!
Enjoy your day and happy painting!
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